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County fair returns, for 149th year

County fair returns, for 149th year
County fair returns, for 149th year
Those vying for this year's title of Harrison County Fair Queen are, from left, Lori Ann Weis, Brittany Graham, Johna Livers, Devon Rhodes, Olivia Reilly, Lindsey Summers, Aubrey Basham, Brittany McKnight and Annette Reas. (Photo by Wade Bell)

Harness races, demo derbies and tractor pulls. It’s that time of year again, time for the 149th annual Harrison County Fair.
The festivities will begin Sunday at 7 p.m. with the parade, followed by the crowning of the fair queen under the grandstand at 8. Admission to the grandstand is $3. Parking is free.
Those interested in participating in the parade, sponsored by the Harrison County Fair board and Schuler Bauer Real Estate Services, can fill out an entry form and be at the appropriate staging area at 5 p.m. Staging areas will be marked with signs, except for bands, which will line up on Elliott Street. All floats and political entries will stage in the YMCA/Friends of Harrison County Youth parking lots. Antique car entries, walkers, queen candidates and their cars will stage in the old Keller Manufacturing Co. parking lot by the north bridge. All other motorized vehicles and farm equipment entries can line up in the parking lots at First Baptist Church and Sears. All horse entries will be located on the grassy areas between the YMCA soccer fields and the old Limeberry Lumber building. No four-wheelers are allowed in the parade.
As of yesterday (Tuesday), nine fair queen candidates had registered. They are:
Brittany Graham, 18. The daughter of Brad and Missie Graham, she will be a freshman at Indiana University Southeast. Her sponsors are John Jones and Hometown Hair.
Devon Rhodes, 18. The daughter of Anthony Rhodes and Kim Powers, she will be a freshman in the spring 2009 semester at IUS. Her sponsors are Paula Kiger with Remax Advantage and Hometown Hair.
Johna Livers, 18. The daughter of Marty and Angie Reed and Scott Livers, she will be a senior at Corydon Central High School. Her sponsors are Hometown Hair, Arc Weld and Classic Detail.
Aubrey Basham, 18. The daughter of Michael and Carolyn Basham, she will be a freshman at IUS. Her sponsors are Corydon Computer Center and Bachman Auto Group.
Brittany McKnight, 16. The daughter of Terry and Sarah McKnight, she will be a junior at South Central Junior-Senior High School. Her sponsor is Hidden Valley Log Homes.
Lori Weis, 18. The daughter of Scotty and Donnetta Weis, she will be a freshman at Purdue University. Her sponsor is McPhillips Trucking and Danny McPhillips.
Olivia Reilly, 16. The daughter of Greg and Paula Reilly, she will be a junior at Corydon Central High School. Her sponsor is Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Lindsey Summers, 17. The daughter of Steve and Dawn Summers, she will be a senior at Corydon Central High School. Her sponsors are Dave Hensley Forge and Farrier, Magdalena’s and J & S Quarterhorses.
Annette Marie Reas, 19. The daughter of Regina Reas and James B. Reas, she will be a freshman at Ivy Tech Community College at Sellersburg.
On Monday evening, the mini car demolition derby begins at 7:30. Contestants must be 21 years old or older licensed drivers or 18 to 20 years old with signed consent forms. The 4-H and adult micro mini tractor pull will begin about 8 p.m. at the show barn.
Donkey games will make another appearance at the fair on Tuesday night, at 8:30, in front of the grandstand. Anyone interested in being a rider or becoming a sponsor should contact Bette Harper at 732-8017. Riders 16 to 18 years old must have parents’ written permission to ride.
Wednesday evening brings the karaoke contest at 7. Tryouts are Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. Contestants must be registered by 6:30 p.m. on the day of the contest. First- through third-place prizes will be awarded in two categories: adult and 15 years and younger.
Old Timers Day at the fair is Thursday until 4 p.m. Free admission to fair and free admission to the grandstand for harness races is available for all senior citizens.
Thursday is also a day for good eats at the fair. The homemade cherry pie contest, sponsored by the Harrison County Homemakers, begins at 1 p.m. at Homecomers Hall, followed by pie judging at 2:30. As always, pies will be auctioned after judging. Later Thursday, at 6 p.m., A Taste of Harrison County at Yellow Brick Road will be open with free samples of different kinds of food, prepared by local Harrison County producers.
A pedal tractor pull and demolition derby begins Thursday night at 6. The derby is open to all big sedans, 1978 models and newer. A mini-car rollover will be sponsored by Harrison REMC.
Next Friday night, the second annual baby contest will be held at 6 in the 4-H building. The first 25 girl and 25 boy contestants will receive a bib (0 to 11 months) or a T-shirt (12 to 24 months). A trophy will be awarded for the first prize in each division. The divisions are 0 to 5 months, 6 to 11 months, 12 to 17 months and 18 to 24 months. Children’s parents must reside in Harrison County. Children will be judged on sight, by out-of-county judges, on apparent good health, charm and personality. Boys must register between 5 and 5:30 p.m., girls between 6 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Boys’ judging will begin at 6 followed by girls’ judging at 7. A birth certificate will be required for registration. Dress code is casual or play wear.
A truck pull will begin Friday night at 7.
Saturday evening will host the annual tractor pull, all classes open, beginning at 6. At 9:30, there will be free entertainment on the Midway Stage, close to the Merchant’s building. Evil Engine No. 9 will perform, as well as another band to be announced.
Cash giveaways will be nightly throughout the week, with $1,500 given away Monday through Thursday, $2,000 on Friday and $3,000 on Saturday. Winners must be present to collect.
Admission to the fair Monday through Saturday is $8 daily, which includes all rides and general seating in the grandstand.

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